- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at NIH full-time (Less than a year)
Collegiality and sense of common public wellness permeates a scientific environment where virtually everything is possible!
Opportunities for growth are abundant, you just need to work hard and look around if you feel the need of challenging yourself to grow.
Principal Investigators are professionally trained to guide students and trainees to best school applications, or writing supportive reference letters that open doors to postdoctoral fellows all across the globe!
Research is collaborative and extremely well-supported and professionally oriented to accommodate career developments of all kinds.
Core facilities are comprehensively available, no budget restrictions for using them, there are always possibilities of collaborations.
NIH in general is a welcoming, internationally diverse, and protective environment for science.
I just got back as a contractor and feel like I should have never left to anywhere else.
NIH is a beacon of hope for excellence in biomedical research, and seems to withstand the damaging US government political scenario nowadays that is affecting other agencies very negatively (such as FDA< EPA, etc.). There seems to be a heroic resistance in NIH to still provide the best unbiased approach in scientific research and enterprise.
As a Federal Agency, NIH is unfortunately subjected to some fluctuations in budget that may cause concerns, from temporary government shutdowns to labs closing out of funds (rarely happened).
Research pace can sometimes be slow, depending on the lab where people work. To get things done, a lot of politics and pleasing administrative staff are required (supporting administrative staff are not necessarily in sync with research needs and may work in their own pace).
Advice to Management
Just keep maintaining the excellence and the excitement of cutting edge science and feeding the hope that we all deposit in this extremely important agency of research for our country, regardless the attempts of this current administration to dismiss everything that is public and good in this country.
I applied online. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in October 2016.
Interviewed by two people
- Went over the job description and potential intern duties
- Asked questions on my resume (past jobs, any study abroad experience)
- Asked about GPA
- Asked me standard interview questions